Though this blog has chronicled much of what I’ve been into over the past years, my interests have been sometimes intermingled with other things, such as circling pigeons, sneezing grocery baggers, and a “My piano can beat up your piano” bumper sticker. So, I thought it would be nice, at least every once and a while, to record what I’m into in one place.
I want to say that I got the idea to do this through the lovely Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ve also decided to participate in the “What I’m Into” linkup hosted by Leigh Kramer, who is a “proud book nerd,” a “connoisseur of fried pickles,” and hopes to one day wear a “fabulous hat and sip on a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby” (as an aside, I was born and raised in the Bluegrass and have never had a mint julep or been to the Derby, but I do possess a number of fabulous hats).
The linkup is once a month. I will aspire to a monthly “What I’m Into” post some glorious day in the future when I have more time to write but, for now, I will aim to share what I’ve been into once each season.
So here we go.
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Things I’ve been into during the summer months:
Hill Street Blues
My boyfriend, Nez, has the complete Hill Street Blues series on DVD. I never watched the show when it aired. I missed most TV shows of the 80’s. Most pop culture for that matter. During those ten years I could not have identified Sam Malone, Axl Rose, or Ferris Bueller. That’s because I got married, birthed four children, started homeschooling, and had not yet had my Personal Renaissance (I did manage to see Back to the Future, though, because Michael J. Fox).
Anyway, we just started season five of Hill Street Blues and I’m still reeling from when Esterhaus died in season four (and I hope it’s okay to share a thirty year old spoiler). It’s a great show and gets better as it goes.
I’m looking forward to the last three seasons, but there will be a big Hill Street Blues hole in my life when it’s over. Similar to when we watched The West Wing. It starts to feel like you’re living with these people and know them personally. It’s sad when they’re no longer a regular part of one’s life.
Other TV shows we enjoyed: Grace & Frankie, Sense8, Daredevil, Soap (all on Netflix, except for Soap which we were first watching the old-fashioned way–on grainy VHS tapes of reruns–then we found the DVD set on sale–booyah).
Humphrey Bogart movies
This one is an “I started out being into it because my boyfriend was into it” and now it’s a “I’m into it because I want to be into it.”
Nez watched all 20+ Audrey Hepburn films with me when I had my Audrey-fest (which you will hear about one of these days, pinky swear). He’s been a big Bogart fan for years so that gave him the idea to watch every movie with Bogie in it. Nez has seen quite a few already but he wanted to fill in the gaps.
So far, of the early Bogart films we’ve seen (we’re watching them chronologically), I’ve liked Dead End (gritty, with important themes) and The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (diabolically witty) the most.
Other films/documentaries I’ve seen this summer: An Honest Liar, My Neighbor Totoro, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, The Life & Death of Peter Sellers, and I re-watched all the Harry Potter movies with Ikuni (and apparently the two things one needs to burn through eight Harry Potter films in five days are time and a 28.8 ounce bag of gummi bears).
I stumbled upon this dynamic duo and have been following them since. Here’s “Turn it Around,” the first song I heard by them from their debut album, Wildewoman:
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
The unique interpretation of the story (all the swans are male dancers) and the brilliant choreography in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake brings out the soulfulness of Tchaikovsky’s masterful score in a way I’ve never seen before (and I’ve seen a whole flock of Swan Lakes).
One reviewer says, speaking about a live stage production, that Bourne uses “the raw ingredients of the classic ballet but also [creates] an engrossing fresh narrative all of its own.” I totally agree.
Something else–it just makes sense to have more aggressive swans…I mean, have you met a swan? Still, though the piece emphasizes male dancers, the female roles are strong, well-developed, and diverse.
I’ve watched two filmed versions–the original cast (filmed in 1996) and the 2011 production. I recommend the latter to those not familiar with the ballet, mostly because of how the prince is cast and played.
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
I’m reading again! I started Stranger in a Strange Land like, um, four years ago. I finally picked it back up.
My goal is to one day be able to read like I did in the past, with at least two or three books going at the same time. But, for now, I’m concentrating on Heinlein’s influential science fiction novel about Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians who has amazing intelligence, childlike innocence, and is apparently the best kisser in the universe.
I’m on page 183 of Stranger in a Strange Land, by the way, and feeling no guilt over my turtle like speed. I’m reading, and that’s what matters.